Monthly Archives: August 2008

Vintners Would Prefer to Wait on Mexico DOs

     A plan by the state government of Mexico’s major wine region to introduce wine appellation names in the country has divided the industry, Decanter reports.

     Speaking at the opening event for northern Baja’s 2008 harvest festival, Governor Jose Guadalupe Osuna told attendees that the “next step for the wine country is to establish appellations,” or Denominations of Origin (DOs).

     “The government would like DOs because of the marketing and promotional benefits and because of…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Moth Poses Threat to California Vineyards

    A third light brown apple moth has been found in Sonoma on Ramal Road, near the Napa County line, the Sonoma News reports.

     County agriculture officials will closely monitor that area of town, placing more traps and planning more frequent inspections. If another moth is found, the state could order a new quarantine zone, which would restrict the movement of plants and could impact…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Dry Creek Vineyard Joins the Fight Against MS

    The Dry Creek Vineyard family has announced that it will donate $1 to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for each bottle of 2006 Fume Blanc sold.

     The promotion runs through September 14, in support of the Northern California Chapter’s largest annual fundraising event — Bike MS: Waves to Wine Ride 2008, which will be held September 13-14. Dry Creek Vineyard is the official wine sponsor of the ride.


     Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Waves to Wine is estimated to raise $1.5 million for critical multiple sclerosis research and vital programs and services. Cyclists participating in the fully-supported, two-day event will…

Posted in Wine Buzz

'Castle News,' Part 2: A Special Award for Castello di Amorosa

    Visionary leadership coupled with an unwavering commitment to bring Old World building techniques to America has earned Castello di Amoros’’s Dario Sattui a prestigious Certificate of Appreciation award from the California Heritage Council (CHC), the oldest state-wide historical buildings preservation organization.

     Sattui was recognized for using European tradesmen and materials, and for educating local tradesmen, while constructing the 121,000-square-foot Castello di Amorosa winery.


     “I am truly honored to be recognized by the California Heritage Council,” Sattui said. “We built this castle just like it would have been done in…

Posted in Wineries of Distinction

'Dream Home' Will Be Built by Ledson 'Castle' Designer

    The 2009 HGTV Dream Home — a new, fully furnished, custom-designed California Victorian-style home — will be given away early next year.  And it will be located in the wine country town of Sonoma.

     (Information about the eagerly anticipated location of the home is now available at Dream Home central on


     The 3,600-square-foot, two-story home incorporates the charm of the old with the lure of the new. Filled with…

Posted in Wine Buzz

Finger Lakes Wineries Prepare for Month-Long Bash

    The Cayuga Wine Trail in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is celebrating 25 years next month.

     The trail was founded in 1983 with five wineries. Today, it consists of 16 family-owned wineries, and is part of Finger Lakes Wine Country, the largest producer of New York wines.

     During the month-long celebration, each of the…

Posted in Wine Region Profiles

Of Childhood Dreams and Adult Celebrations

    When I was a kid, I often dreamed of living in a castle.

     How cool would that be? I’d have a room for each of my areas of interest…

     A baseball room, where I could display my Little League trophies and hang my picture of…

Posted in Editor's Journal

Lemon on Lemon

    This recipe, which serves 4, matches perfectly with Sauvignon Blanc. Why? Because Sauvignon Blanc often has a lemon or citrus component among its flavors.



Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

Papaya, Pear, Mango Salsa

    Normally, we provide Vinesse members with complete recipes for
wine-friendly fare. This month, however, we thought we’d share a pair
of “topping” recipes that will bring any number of main course
selections to life. We begin with this salsa recipe from our friends at
Sonoma County’s Kenwood Vineyards. Try it over sea bass, halibut or
salmon for a palate-awakening change of pace, and enjoy it with
Sauvignon Blanc, White Bordeaux or almost any white blend.

Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes

A Special Dish for a Special Meal

    This family-sized recipe hails from the Burgundy region of France. It matches beautifully with California Petite Sirah or Zinfandel.




Posted in Food and Wine Pairings/Recipes
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